Legal & Regulations

  • Shipping's GHG Emissions Back in the Public...

    Shipping's implied mandate to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was back in the public eye this week, with Lee Adamson, Head of Media and Communications at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), discussing the matter in a new interview with CNN.

  • Container shippers ordered to testify in U.S....

    The U.S. Justice Department has ordered top executives from several container shipping lines to testify in an antitrust investigation into an industry that is the backbone of global trade, the companies said on Wednesday.

  • Sri Lanka govt snubs shipping industry on policy...

    Efforts by Sri Lanka’s shipping professionals to initiate discussions with the government on a policy for its ports and shipping sector have been unsuccessful despite the new regime’s professed commitment to transparency and dialogue.

  • Somali pirates told hostages on UAE-managed...

    The woman whose sailor husband was taken hostage by Somali pirates said he and the rest of his crew were forced to call home to speak to their families "for the last time".

    The hostages, who were on board a UAE-managed tanker, were given less than a minute to say "final goodbyes" to relatives in Sri Lanka last week during an exchange of fire with Puntland counter piracy forces off Somalia’s north-eastern coast.

  • MeteoGroup Underlines FleetGuard's...

    MeteoGroup says its interactive tool for live fleet monitoring, planning, and vessel optimisation, known as FleetGuard, can help shipping companies fully comply with new regulations implemented by the International Maritime Industry (IMO), as well as European Union's (EU's) Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) regulation.


Coast Guard “HAS Not Been Aggressively Enforcing” Salvage And Marine Fire-Fighting Requirements, Top U.S. Official Admits

A top U.S. Coast Guard official admitted at a recent congressional oversight hearing that the Coast Guard “has not been aggressively enforcing the compliance” of vessel response plans filed under federal Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations. The rules, derived from the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are meant to prevent a worst-case discharge resulting from fire or explosion aboard a vessel.


New chairman Willum Richards to lead Association of Average Adjusters in international drive to bolster high standards in settling marine and offshore claims

Willum Richards, the new chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters, has set out his aim to build on the work of his predecessor, Keith Martin, in advancing the Association internationally. Along with the management committee, Mr Richards will also be steering the Association through some organisational changes required by the success achieved in expanding the scope of, and interest in, the Association’s highly-regarded examinations.


Show me the money: the new Bankruptcy Law and debt collection in the UAE

At the end of 2016, the UAE finally adopted the long awaited Bankruptcy Law (Law No. 9 of 2016). After several years in the making the new law represents a significant improvement over the old regime which has previously existed under the Commercial Code and which has now been repealed.  In this article, we will consider the impact of the new law on debt collection in the UAE, which remains a topical issue in the current commercial environment.


Taking Women on Board as Non-Executive Members

Legal implications can have a serious impact on company balance sheets. You need to plan ahead, becoming aware of regulations, new laws, international conventions and the impact these might have on your business


IMO's Hughes talks sulfur cap, quashes talk of a delay

The 0.5% global sulfur limit on bunker fuels from the start of 2020 is "highly unlikely" to face any delay, Edmund Hughes, head of air pollution and energy efficiency at the International Maritime Organization, told S&P Global Platts in an exclusive interview.


Improving the lot of Bangladeshi seafarers

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 is meant to protect the right of seafarers which is treated as “Fourth Pillar” next to SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is also called “Bill of Right” among the 1.2 million professional seafarers around the world.